Today, qmunicate headed down to the Freshers’ Fair to meet some of the freshers and societies. We got chatting to them, discovered what they loved about the fair, what societies captured their interest, and what those societies are actually up to.
Finn and Edward.
Are there any societies at the Fair you’d like to join?
“We’re still going around and seeing what’s on offer, but I’m going to join the Marxist Society, Labour Party and the Conservatives, just to sample a bit of everything. Run around and mess up their meetings.”
What about the SNP? They’re here as well.
“No, I wouldn’t do that.”
What’s the best freebie you’ve got so far?
“I got a banana this morning, that was my second breakfast.” “I got a New Testament, might come useful sometime.”
Jamie and Ian.
What’s been your favourite stall so far?
“The cupcakes!! I didn’t sign up or anything, but the cupcakes they had at the accommodation stall were great!”
What’s the weirdest society you’ve seen?
“The pole-dancing society was a bit strange. They’re doing that in the cloisters, and swordfighting there as well.”
What’s been your favourite thing of Freshers so far?
“The International Ceilidh on the first night, I really enjoyed that. I’d never done that before. And last night I met some lovely people in the QMU again. Everyone just seems really nice.”
Amnesty International, we’re talking with their president Alex (on the right).
Why should people join the Amnesty International?
“Amnesty International as a society is one of the best ways to get involved with activism and have an impact, whether it’s about a greater issue or something at uni. There’s just so much scope focussing on anything you want. Amnesty recently took in climate change as an issue, despite being a human rights organisation, because climate change is a human rights issue as well. If you wanna be a climate activist, you can be that within Amnesty. If you want to fight for refugees rights, you can do that.”
Best memory of your time being involved with Amnesty?
“Oh there’s a lot. In terms of achievements as a society I’m really proud of the whole Let’s Talk campaign. The university tried to shut us down a couple of times, because we were attacking their student code of conduct. After a year we actually got to see sexual violence prevention courses and a system of support for survivors of sexual assault being put in place, provided by the SRC. It’s amazing as well that we made it happen by working together with other activist societies, like Isabella Elder, FemSoc and Sexpression. It’s the kind of thing that makes you feel like you can actually make a difference.”
Fraser and Rosie.
What were your impressions of the Freshers’ Fair?
“There’s so many politics societies – different types of parties and other things related to politics, like feminist societies, which is quite interesting. We ended up joining the Socialist Worker Student Society. ”
What’s your favourite event of Freshers so far?
Rosie: “I went to that Hodor disco thing, that was good. There were a lot more moshpits than I expected. I got completely pushed down and knocked over and then everyone was like ‘get her up, get her up before someone stamps on her head!’ and I just thought ‘why does this happen at a Game of Thrones-DJ-guy’s set?’”
Slovak and Czech Society.
Why should people join your society?
“It’s for Czech and Slovak people mainly, but we also introduce our culture to other people. We do pub quizzes, watch classic Czecho-Slovak movies and we had the president of the Slovak Republic here last year to give us a lecture, which was amazing.”
Favourite thing about being involved in this society?
“The community of Czechs and Slovaks. Once we’re abroad we’re generous and nice to each other, which doesn’t happen when we’re back home. In general we aren’t nice people, especially to strangers. Really, that’s true. But here, when we’re in Scotland, it’s completely different. It’s good to know that we can be kind as well.”
Favourite event of Freshers’ so far?
“The Freshers’ Address yesterday. Not just the speeches, but the atmosphere in general.”
“I think the Anime and Manga society. Not that I have anything against that, it’s just something I wouldn’t expect. It’s so specific.”
Did you meet any interesting people since you moved to Glasgow?
“I’m from Italy, and it’s full of Italians here. I’m not sure how much I like that. I like the fact that I can speak easily with them, but at the same time, I’m here to speak English.”
“Pens! I needed to buy some, so I wouldn’t be in my first lecture without one, but now I won’t need to do that anymore.”
Glasgow University Vegan Society – Simon and Laurence.
What do you guys do?
“The idea is that this society is for anyone interested in veganism; to create a community of vegans. We do social events to raise awareness, and also some activism for animal rights, which we’re developing more this year.”
What’s the most fun thing you’ve ever done with the Vegan Society?
“The highlight of the year is the cake-crawl, like a subcrawl but with cakes. It is amazing, exactly as good as it sounds. Glasgow is really lucky, because we’ve got six fully vegan restaurants, so we’ll go to each one of them and have cake every time.”
Why should people join?
“So apart from the fact that everyone should be vegan? Well, it’s a fun society that everyone can join, there’s a good atmosphere with like-minded people coming together, creating a safe space for people to discuss issues.”
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